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that away lessens the number of competitors and would be a very big disaster for competition in this space. >> is there really like my job, and so i am going to say that the merger is going to go through the fcc and the department of justice and i look forward to sing with the outcome is. >> why don't you just tell us what you think and not anyone else? we're discussing the recent fcc report on competition in the wireless industry. we're pleased to be joined by representatives from the wireless industry, and from the free press, a think tank policy group that looks at these telecommunications issues. matt wood is the policy director, paul kirby of telecommunications reports. next question? >> often this report does not get much attention, but because of the merger. they are considering, groups and companies who are proposed the merger say, look, they cannot determine the effective competition for the second year and a row, that shows the merger should not be approved. at&t says we think it shows how many carriers people have choices of. i wanted to get your views on the public's standpoint
that they are green facilities. we are very excited about it. >> cloud computing, you said that there were other big names? >> costs are low. our area has low temperatures. you can use a lot of heat exchange type systems to cool the facilities with outside air, making it much more efficient to operate. the largest is on the roof of this facility. >> are you excited about the prospects? >> the rate that things are going from an efficiency standpoint, many businesses are at a point where they are trying to figure out what to do. they need to upgrade those facilities and moved into a facility like ours. move into the cloud. or find resources that are their own. we are excited to be on the edge of technology that is efficient, secure, and saved. we talked about how reliable the facility is. we are the only one in oregon to have the design for the rating. we are very excited about the opportunity. >> how many jobs have you created? >> 10 new in the region. it is a nice piece of the economic puzzle, attracting businesses into the region, getting some of the benefits that central oregon offers. >> i know t
between the big two and other providers and, of course, that ultimately hurts consumers if their competitive options are limited and if they don't have as many options as they might especially for truly high-end plans for the most popular devices. if they're funneled into one provider or another that keep competitors out of that picture. >> host: we want to hear from chris guttman-mccabe, also, of the wireless industry. what's your cob collusion about the -- conclusion about the wireless industry itself? >> guest: so not surprisingly i disagree with matt. i think by any measure it's an effectively competitive industry. i think if you look at the number of options that consumers have, i think that the report says that 90% of americans have access to five or more facilities-based competitors. that doesn't take into consideration the numerous resellers that are out there. i think if you look at whether it's the price per minute or the average bill, the average bill is half of what it was in 1987, you know, around the beginning of the industry. and if you think what is being
compared to the internet but they are all part of the big package. we think that is actually low, because it was given to us in 2009, and we're concerned it will be much higher than that and will continue to get higher than that. the collection is a big issue for the states that rely onto revenue but those folks in the towns across the country are trying to make a living selling to the people inside their community that have an automatic 6 to 8% price dis advantage simply because that truck is driving around town and dropping off packages is truly having a devastating effect on small and, frankly, medium-sized retailers in this country. there is a lot of them. i get way too many conversations, telephone calls from small retailers around this country that are in their view, being killed by that price differential. >> now, mr. byrne raises the point that some of the leading opponents of sales tax on-line is walmart and target, national retailers, who have also been blamed by small retailers for price pressures and that sort of thing. wo
, getting citizens involved in this in a big way. building upon that spirit that you spoke about. >> thank you, governor. in washington, d.c., focusing on new york, these were high rise stories such as i shared at the outset with how to become resilience. anything that a more modest scale, that is the emotion that is tied to them. the deep emotions we are all familiar with online/11 is the shock and trauma. it will come back, if you acknowledge it will be there. now we need to harness it by asking -- what can you do? children, perhaps, asking, where were your parents on 9/11? what are they willing to do now? access like that would be powerful for many adults. my daughter just turned 16. she was 6 on 9/11. i know that she was focusing on this and saying that this is a part of the day. something that i think we could really help with in terms of bringing great strength back to our society. >> as we think about this, regarding resiliency and better inform citizens, the most important title and citizen, part of it also involves physical construction as well. i am wondering, governors do best w
steve ballmer. as a big company, we have a responsibility not just to socially respect the user but to build the technology that will protect the anonymity, privacy, the security of what i said, who i say it to, where i go, what is important to me. given the recent hearing on phone tracking, given the fact that if you look at it website and targeted advertising pops up a matter where you go, there is a lot of concern out there about being tracked. does microsoft have the technology and do you aggregate the information that you collect from people? or can you identify individuals? >> on the phone, for instance, there has to be an express action by the consumer to say that you want to make your location known. so, no, that is not known or aggregated. every application, every encounter, you can either turn it off completely or every action, every encounter you have to expressly say, yes, you want the information to be known. a lot of people want the services. those who are aware of the service is really like them. you can stand on a street corner and a movie theater is there and yo
, next question. >> guest: it allows cell sites to be connected back to the network, and that's a big concern of smaller carriers, their contention is that verizon and at&t have the backlog market locked up and say there's alternatives open to reaching agreements. the report talks about back hall and what is called special access and that's something to be addressed. give us a sense why you think the market is a problem and then if chris wants to address that as well. >> guest: again, we at free press and other organizations made that argument as have others like sprint and t-mobile, and they are quieter now, understandably i suppose, and sprint held an obscene profit at one time that not just verizon and at&t are making, but now century link or kwest. -- qwest. these competitors are so reliant upon their largest competing wireless providers and not only have the wire line side, but are wireless providers and can sell provision to what they are using to connect back to the towers, internet, and back to the network. we feel there's barriers there, not just the public interest organizat
rural areas and other high cost for low income and schools and libraries. it's just a big umbrella. i've been pushing for reform for five years. i've come close to resolving many issues on universal service in a related area called carrier compensation. which is phone companies exchanging money for terminating traffic on each other's network. we had two republicans on board for many reforms, including myself and commissioner copps. i think there's a lot of room for bipartisan agreement. i get concerned when i see dates continue to slip away. my concern is that we might get two new commissioners on the commission this fall. republican and democrat. i'd like to see us get an order done before that happens. because that could be used as an excuse for further day, then we are slipping into an selection year, there's going to be perhaps more pressure from congress. we've been charted by congress, a section called 284 to get it done. it's been 14 years or so since the commission has really put out a comprehensive order on this. what we are looking at is the distribution side of the universa
. you know, they're smaller compared to what the internet is becoming, but they're all part of the big package. we think that is actually, that that estimate was given to us in 2009, and the authors of that estimate now think it's low. and we're very concerned that it's going to be much higher than that, and it will continue to get much higher. obviously, the collection is an issue for the states and local governments that allow on that revenue, but those folks in the little towns across this country trying to make a living selling to the people inside their community that have an automatic 6-8%
to low income, schools and libraries, this big umbrella. and i've been pushing for reform for many years now. i've been on the commission for over five years. came very close to resolving many thorny issues on universal service and related areas called intercarrier compensation which is phone companies changing money, exchanging money for determining traffic to a network. became very close with republicans and democrats on board for many reforms. including myself and the commissioner. so i think there's a lot of room for bipartisan agreement. i get concerned when i see dates continue to slip away. i saw it in '08 for instance, and my concern is that we might get two new commissioners on the commission this fall, republican and a democratic i'd like to see it get in order done before that happens, because that could be used as an excuse for further delay, going into an election year, more pressure from congress, we are an independent agency so we are chartered by congress. to get this done. it's been what, 14 years or so since the commission has really put out a comprehensive order. so wh
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